Bear Market Grads: What You Should Learn From the Financial Crisis
By March 2009, most U.S. and international stock indexes had lost at least half of their value in the current financial crisis.
Since that time, some indexes have managed a small rally, but all remain substantially below their peak levels. In addition, banks are in lousy shape, and governments around the world are running huge deficits and trying, seemingly in vain, to cure the financial ills that beset the world economies.
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There has been a litany of articles trying to lay the blame for the crisis. We do not propose to add to this literature. Rather, our primary aim is to discuss the investment lessons from the crisis, and to make positive suggestions for investors today.
As a background, we begin with a brief discussion of a few of the factors that contributed to the financial crisis. Then we progress to the discussion of investment lessons that can be learned and what investors can and should do going forward.
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William Reichenstein , CFA, holds the Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair in Investment Management at Baylor University. firstname.lastname@example.org.